Connor Baxter takes the win in sprints & overall in Bilbao
Connor Baxter makes it a clean sweep in Bilbao with a convincing win in both the long distance and sprint racing, making it his fourth consecutive win on the 2013 Standup World Series, thereby strengthening his ratings lead. In a challenging long distance race that took in some of the most dramatic sites of Bilbao, Connor played it strategically, waiting for the right moment to strike and burst into the lead to take the win.
In the sprints, he conserved energy through the heats and peaked in the Final, with a blistering start that saw him take the lead before the first buoy and maintain it through the duration of the course.
Connor now returns to Maui still holding the yellow jersey, but in the knowledge that it is still all to play for this year on the Stand Up World Series, with Hamburg up next, and then the US Trilogy of events in Chicago, San Francisco and Huntington Beach.
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Zane Schweitzer finds exceptional form to finish in 2nd
Zane Schweitzer from Maui comes back to form sensationally for this all important fourth stop on the Standup World Series, with a phenomenal performance in both the sprint and long distance racing.
Zane is known for his sprint racing skills, from fast starts to buoy turns and high revolution sprint techniques, something he showed finishing in second behind friend and teammate, Connor Baxter.
Zane really came into his own in the long distance race, finishing in fourth place amidst some of the very best athletes in the world and strengthening his position in the overall ratings as he moves up to third place overall, behind Kai Lenny and Connor Baxter.
Gaeten Sene puts on an impressive performance at stop 4
Gaeten Sene is most comfortable in river-style racing, and once again showed that he is a master, finishing in second place behind Connor Baxter in the long distance, piecing together an impressive race.
Meanwhile, in the sprints, his starts were on-point and his sprint techniques got him the result he was looking for, finishing in an impressive fifth place, landing him in third overall for the event.
This French racer will be right at home in Hamburg, Germany for the third European stop of 2013. The World Series will then head to Chicago for the last of the inland races for the season, and with these two stops ahead of him, Gaeten has every chance to become a real threat in 2013.
Casper Steinfath once again proves that he’s a major force
Casper Steinfath, the ever impressive ‘Viking’ put on another stellar performance this weekend at the Bilbao World SUP Challenge, finishing in fifth in the long distance yesterday and then storming to an impressive third place finish in the sprints today, propelling him into fourth place overall for this all important fourth Stop on the 2013 Standup World Series.
Casper also has his eyes on the European Trilogy Title, that will be the overall result from the three events in Europe this year, and with one event to go in Hamburg, he is currently lying in second behind Maui’s Connor Baxter.
One thing is for sure, Casper is a major force on the World Series and continues to go from strength to strength this year: you can be sure you will be seeing a great deal more of him in 2013!
Eric Terrien once again, one of Europe’s leading lights
Eric Terrien put on a solid performance in the long distance, hammering his way around the course to finish in third place. He then went on to make the final of the sprint racing, finishing in seventh place, forcing a tie break with the on form Spanish athlete, Roman Frejo. After a sixth in the long distance, Roman finished in fourth in the sprint racing, causing a points tie.
As the two dynamic athletes took to the course, you could see the grit and determination in Eric’s eyes, as he powered over the finish line to take the win, and as a result, fifth place overall for the event, with Roman having to settle for sixth. It was a great performance by both talented and determined athletes, and was awesome to have such strong representation for Spain in the form of Roman Frejo.
Annabel Anderson continues her worldwide domination
Annabel Anderson from New Zealand once again put on a blistering performance this weekend at the Bilbao World SUP Challenge, taking bullet wins in both the Long Distance and Sprint races. Annabel‘s level of performance, drive and sheer competitiveness continues to astound, as she once again finished in the Top 10 in the men’s division for the long distance and convincingly took the honors in the Sprint Racing.
Despite some major competition from the likes of Sonja Honscheid from Germany, Laura Quetglas and Manca Notar to mention just a few, Annabel stood strong and maintained her unblemished record on the Standup World Series and the ratings lead. A major congratulations goes out to this incredible athlete.
Sonja Honscheid puts on a stellar performance in Bilbao
Sonja Honscheid provided a great battle for Annabel Anderson, finishing in 2nd place in the long distance and then in 2 out of 3 of the Sprint Racing Finals, earning her a worthy 2nd place overall for the event.
As one of Europe’s leading women athletes, she is a name to watch out for, especially as we head to her country in August for the Hamburg World Cup of SUP, Stop 5 on the Standup World Series and the final stop on the European Trilogy of events.
Entire women’s fleet takes the performance level thru roof
From the overall 3rd place finisher Laura Quetglas from Spain and the UK’s Marie Buchanan, to Manca Notar, the young Eastern European talent who was so ill she was unable to compete in the long distance on Day 1 but paddled valiantly in the sprints, the performance level in the women’s fleet has gone through the roof and it is exciting to see.
As we now build up to stop number 3 of the European Trilogy and Stop number 5 in the Series to take place from August 16th – 18th in Hamburg, Germany, the athletes now have a chance to re-group, train and prepare mentally for the next exciting stop on the Standup World Series. Annabel Anderson may be out in front for now, but the year is far from over, as the US leg will kick off on the 23rd of August in Chicago.
Bilbao steps up to the challenge of world-class competition
With the caliber of competition in Bilbao for this fourth stop on the 2013 Standup World Series, the action, rivalry and serious competition was assured. However, the City of Bilbao stepped up to provide a phenomenal platform for the world’s best, from race courses that promoted the highest level of competition, to an unmatched welcome, experience and backdrop.
The City of Bilbao has put itself on the map through this epic World Series event, as we look forward to coming back in 2014 for an even bigger and better edition.
A big thank you goes out to the city of Bilbao and all our sponsors, as well as of course, the Standup World Series Patrons who continue to support the growth and development of this incredible sport of standup paddling and its professional sporting Series.
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